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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
November 30, 2017
Category: toe pain
Tags: gout  

Gout is a form of arthritis that can cause severe pain in the foot over time. Our podiatrist, Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M., can help to diagnose this condition and determine the extent to which it has developed in your feet, at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, located in Cromwell, CT. Call our offices at (860) 632-5499 and take the time to review our Patient Education library to discover more about what you can do to keep your feet in top shape and prevent other complications from occurring.  

Gout can cause severe pain, inflammation and rigidity, generally in the joint of the big toe. This condition slowly causes damage to tissues in the area of swelling. As noted above, this condition is a form of arthritis, and it’s caused by a surplus of uric acid present in the blood.

Usually uric acid dissolves in the blood and is thereafter removed via urine. When too much uric acid is produced, it can pool and form crystals, which causes swelling and pain in the joints because the body views them as foreign cells. The pain caused by this condition is therefore the result of the creation of uric acid crystals in the joints. Generally, the pain happens in the middle of the night, occurs suddenly and can be very painful. When this condition is not treated timely, it can result in kidney stones (the crystals build up in the urinary tract).

Treatment for this condition involves the use of medications to prevent reoccurrence of the pain and to decrease the risk of complications like kidney stones. Medications are in the form of anti-inflammatories or corticosteroids to reduce swelling and discomfort in the areas affected by gout. They can also be used to reduce the creation of uric acid or to help with the kidney's capability to eliminate uric acid from the body.

Due to the extreme pain that this condition can cause over time, it is imperative that you  contact us as soon as possible to help get your gout under control with the correct medications for your particular condition.

 

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